CNN International is reporting that preliminary numbers suggest huge PPV buys for Pacquiao-Hatton.
[E]arly indications from cable companies were that the scheduled 12-round light-welterweight bout could get as many as two million buys.
Bob Arum is quoted as calling for between 1.6 and two million buys.
"We know based on those early numbers and based on experience the event will perform extremely well. If I had to guess, anywhere between 1.6 million and two million homes, which is a home run," he said.
Editor's Note (by SC): If this is true (or even close to it), even my fairly high expectations would be seriously blown out of the water. What this would mean is that Manny Pacquiao's phenom status has gone the way of his boxing skills: It just gets bigger and bigger. And a lot of the credit would go to Ricky Hatton, too, who is a fantastic personality and a credit to boxing. Both guys are.
I would sort of worry about this in the sense that I might go, "Well, all these people bought it and then didn't see a great fight." But I think everyone realizes what they saw, even the most casual fans. This was supposed to be a great fight and one guy destroyed the other guy. It was Tyson-esque, and heaven knows Mike sold some fights in his day. Even with the quick finish of the bout, those who were told, "It won't be another boring Mayweather superfight, trust me" were not lied to.